Visit Every Park Challenge

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The Visit Every Park Challenge invites you to try and explore all 162 Ann Arbor park properties​, and earn rewards along the way! Could this be the year you join the coveted VEP​ ch​ampions club? The Visit Every Park Guide contains a checklist of every park that is sure to inspire your park exploration journey. 

​How to particip​​​​ate:

1.Register​ (Not required, but encouraged. It helps us keep track of how many people are participating!)

2. Visit parks!

3. Keep track of the parks you've visited. A helpful checklist is on the guide! (Digital version linked below and physical copies available at Fuller Park!)

4. Email [email protected] to coordinate a pickup for the prizes you've earned!​ (Prize pickup available March through November)

There is no deadline or t​​imeframe!

This challenge is ongoing and park visits ​can be done over several years and at your own pace. However, our prize pickup season pauses from December-February so if prizes are your big motivator, please note the December 1st deadline. The specific prizes may very from year to year and are subject to availability. The 2024 prize plan​ features several Bicentennial Celebration items​​ that will only be available this year. O​f course, the real prize— the adventure— never runs out!

Special note for VEP Champions - When you complete the challenge, please reach out to [email protected] and let us know! We'll send you the champion form, ask for some pictures, and coordinate your grand prize pick up. There is no formal visitation proof required but we do ask to see the checklist for champions as the ticket to the Wall of Champions. 

Visit Every Park Digital Guide​​

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​Check out our Visit Ev​ery Park Challenge ​2023 Highlights​​​​!

2023 Recap image featuring photos of participants in the Visit Every Park Challenge

More Information​​

To pick up a VEP guide with map contact GIVE 365 at 734.794.6445 or email us at [email protected] and we will mail you a guide. If you are in the area, stop into our office located at Fuller Park, 1519 Fuller Road. 

​In our list and for our challenge, we define a park property as land that is owned and/or maintained by Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation. People may not know that the Ann Arbor Farmers Market and the golf courses are part of the parks department!​

Parks, natural areas and open spaces owned by other organizations, like Washtenaw County and the University of Michigan are not part of this challenge.

For a list of the park properties and their websites, visit Par​​​ks & Places​ or explore the tool. 

2024 Prize list. There are special prizes for 2024. For 25 parks, t-shirt. For 50 parks, VEP pin. For 75 parks, first aid kit. For 100 parks, Bicentinnial pin. For 150 parks, trash pickup kit. For all 162 parks, champion hoodie and pin.

2023 VEP Champions
Collage of 2023 VEP Champions.

​​2022 VEP Champions

Collage of 2022 VEP champions

​2021 VEP Champions

Collage of 2021 VEP champions

2020 VEP Champions

Collage of 2020 VEP champions

​Tracking Your Progress

Keep track of your progress with the checklist and let us know how you’re doing! Tag us on Facebook​ or Instagram. Win prizes by visiting 25, 50, 75, 100, and 150 parks and contact us to receive your prize: email [email protected] or call 734-794-6445. If you get to all 162 properties, you will join a very elite group of park explorers and forever be a member of the coveted VEP Champions club!

Volunteer Opportunities

If you see a park space that you think could use some love and attention or you are interested in volunteering, there are many ways to get involved with our park system!  

To volunteer for a parks, playgrounds, facilities, and general outreach opportunities visit the GIVE 365 webpage. 

Adopt-A-Park is a sub program of GIVE and is perfect for long term volunteering and an avenue for special projects. Contact [email protected] or call 734-794-6445.

To get involved in the natural areas, land surveys, stewardship or controlled burns, visit the Natural Area Preservation webpage.

See something? Report a Problem 

From abandoned bicycles to graffiti to excess litter, report a problem with a park to A2 Fix It:  

A2 Fix It is also available on your mobile device through the Apple App Store  or Google Play Store, and can be used to report:

  • Potholes
  • Missed cart pickups 
  • Crosswalk issues
  • Snow/ice on roads or  sidewalks
  • Graffiti on public property
  • Dead or dying street trees
  • Street light outages
  • Traffic signal/sign problems  

A2 Fix It allows users to upload a photo with each request, as a visual reference to help staff quickly locate the problem. It is also helpful for requests to be as detailed as possible.  

Please call 9-1-1 ​for police/fire assistance, crimes in progress or life threatening emergencies.   ​​